Book Review – Taken, Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello

Posted 10/09/2013 by Juliana in Book, Review /// 17 Comments ///


Book Review – Taken, Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello Title: Taken, Not Spurred
Author: Ruth Cardello
Series: , #1
Publisher by: Montlake Romance
Published on: September 23, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: eARC
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes the steamy debut to the Lone Star Burn series.

Would-be writer Sarah Dery has just turned twenty-five and feels like her life is on hold. She’s done squat with her English degree and is just killing time working for her parents. So, when the opportunity to spend the summer working on a ranch in Texas comes her way, she jumps at the chance—figuring it might be just the jolt she needs to get her creative juices flowing.

Tony Carlton is a handsome and reclusive horse trainer with a tortured past and an eye for trouble, this time in the form of a naked blonde stranger he finds in his shower.

The wrong turn that led Sarah into the arms of this sexy, brooding cowboy turns out to be just what she needed to find her steamy inner voice, but will their connection be enough to break down Tony’s defenses?

Revised Edition: Previously published as Gentling the Cowboy, part of the Texan Nights series, this edition of Taken, Not Spurred includes editorial revisions.

I had read this book as an ARC when it was still Gentling The Cowboy. Since then it has been reworked. I believe it is still the same basic idea but I will be rereading and update my review.
Tony and Sarah are both broken. They are both weighed down with guilt for actions that though they may have had a hand in were not ultimately their faults but they have refused to let go. Sarah is looking for herself. Her life has becoming boring and just has no spark. She does anything and everything her family tells her too. She decides to take a trip to Texas with her horse, Scooter. She thinks spending the summer on a friends farm will help her find herself, give the chance to truly experience life and lastly find herself as a writer, something she has longed to do but was discouraged from doing by her family. On her way to her friends farm, she messes up. She thinks she arrives at the right farm since it has the same name and she is Texas…right?? Well maybe not so much…lol. This is how she meets the hot, sexy and permanently in a bad mood Tony Carlton in nothing except maybe a towel.

Tony is hiding. Hiding from himself, hiding from others and hiding from the tabloids. Things seem to be working with that until blonde, sweet and somewhat naive Sarah crash lands into not only his farm but his life. He has no idea what to do with her when he first meets her but what he does know is that he is definitely attracted to her. Sarah finds out that her friend is a douche and her plans get a wrench in them. She decides to pack up and head back to Boston but Tony sees an opportunity to work her out his system. Mostly while she is underneath him…hehe. He offers for her to stay and she does mostly for the new experience. Luckily,life doesn’t always go according to your plan. Will Tony and Sarah find the forgiveness they desperately need in each other?

I really enjoyed this story and was my first Ruth Cardello book. I love me a hot and broody cowboy and Sarah really is quite lovable character. The writing style took me some getting used to but once I got into the swing of things all went well. You will fall in love with Sarah and Tony. It is kinda impossible not too but there is some baggage attached to both of them that makes their relationship very difficult in the beginning. I sincerely loved the secondary characters as much as the main and do hope Ruth has stories in mind for them also. I really want to see this series continue. A definite must read for anyone who loves themselves a good alpha male, hot, sexy cowboy story like myself.

About Ruth Cardello

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York–then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

Her second book in the Andrade Series, Home to Me is now available!

17 responses to “Book Review – Taken, Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello

  1. Linda Elliott

    This was my first book of Ruth Cardello, I found it a fast, smooth and exciting read. I’m looking forward to reading all the rest of her books 🙂 I can recommend this book.

  2. Tina Brimlow

    I have read Gentling the Cowboy from Ruth Cardello and its just an awesome read 🙂

  3. Christine LaCombe

    I absolutely loved this book. A great beginning to another wonderful series about cowboys, yum.

  4. Elaine Swinney

    I haven’t read it yet but Gentling the Cowboy is on TBR list. Ruth Cardello is fantastic!!!!

  5. Judy costanzo

    I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next book. I was hooked the legacy collection but Ruthie takes us in a whole other direction. Who doesn’t love a cowboy!

  6. Michelle Leigh

    Amazing Book !!! This book has everything.. I laughed, cried, smiled… It is at the top of the Must read list for my friends 🙂 Can’t wait to see where Ruthie takes these characters next….

  7. Karen L

    I agree… this is a must read. I love the humor Ruth puts in her stories and this one has quite a lot of steaming fun. Good job Ruthie!

  8. Sharon

    I love this book! Ruth Cardello new series is awesome! I can’t wait for the next book!

  9. Cathy Lasky

    Loved this book! Ruth has done it again with this new series. Sexy cowboys, gorgeous women, a storyline that will keep wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book!